WEEKEND GUIDE DEC. 1–3

Weather, Events and a Deadline in coming days

WEATHER
Friday: Little chance of precipitation under mostly sunny skies, with SW winds of around 10 mph all day and temperatures climbing into the low 40s in early afternoon.
Friday Night: Temperatures will dip just below freezing after dusk and remain in low 30s throughout the night, with SSW winds gusting to 15 mph and chances of precipitation near zero.

Saturday: Temperatures will climb steadily from just below freezing at dawn to an early afternoon high in the low 40s, as SSW winds blow at around 6 mph, with chances of precipitation rising to about 15 percent as dusk approaches.
Saturday Night: Lows will drop to high 20s by dawn, when the chances of precipitation will rise to around 30 percent as winds continue to blow from the southwest 7–15 mph.

Sunday: Snow with accumulation of about two inches and temperatures sitting at just below freezing and SSW 5-15 mph.
Sunday Night: WIND CHILL ALERT! Temperatures will drop steadily after dusk to a low in the mid-teens after midnight, with SW winds of 8-15 mph driving the wind chill factor to near zero; about a 20 percent chance of more snow, with accumulations of less than an inch.

DEADLINE
Brain Olympics signup by Fri.

The five-day Winter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Olympics will run 4–5:30 p.m. Dec. 4–8 as the next session of the Southwestern Montana Family YMCA’s Adventures in Afterschool Program for kids in grades K-5. Registration costs $20 per child and needs to be completed by Friday, Dec. 1. To sign up or get more information, stop by the YMCA, 75 Swenson Way in Dillon, or call 683-9622.

EVENTS

Book event Fri.
The author and photographer of the recently released book Chasing Time: The last of Montana’s one-room schools, will both make an appearance 5–7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, at The Bookstore, 26 N. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon. Author Keith Graham and photographer Neil Chaput de Saintonge will talk about their visit to more than two dozen one-room schoolhouses in Montana, a journey that took them across a full school year and 12,000 miles chronicled in photos and texts in their book. For more information, call 683-6807.

Festival of Trees Fri.–Sat.
The 2017 Festival of Trees will light up the University of Montana Western’s Keltz Arena for two days, starring with Kids Night on Friday, Dec. 1, when Santa will be on hand for photo ops with kids and Shine Studio Dancers will perform, and admission will be $1, with kids aged 7 and under getting in for free. The festivities will continue Saturday, Dec. 2, starting with a 5–6:30 p.m. Social, followed by Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and then silent and live auctions. Tickets for Saturday cost $25 or $200 for a table of eight, and are available in advance at The Knock About in downtown Dillon. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to benefit the Dillon Amateur Hockey Association and the Community Wood Bank.

Sr. food boxes Sat.
Senior Commodity Supplemental Food Boxes will be distributed Saturday, Dec. 2. Those wishing to pick up theirs can do so 9–10 a.m. at 759 Kentucky Ave. For more information, call 406-865-0747.

Breakfast with Santa Sat.
The annual Breakfast With Santa event will take place 7–11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the LDS Church on Hwy 91 S in Dillon. The event will feature breakfast foods, an ornament-making workshop and the chance to get a word in with Santa Claus. Admission is $3 for kids under 12 and $5 for adults.

New group meets Sat.
The Dillon chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will hold its inaugural meeting on Saturday, Dec. 2, on the second floor of the Bank of Commerce building 110 S. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon, starting at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 406-660-0076.

Christmas Bazaar Sat.
The 46th Annual St. Rose Christmas Bazaar will offer crafts, candies, baked goods, gift items and other fare from vendors at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Family Center at the corner of Atlantic and Seebree in Dillon on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Fran at 683-4329 or Jeannette at 683-4504.

Dillon filmmaker doc Sat.
BCHS alum Drew Xanthopoulos will host a Q&A session following the free screening of the documentary film he directed titled The Sensitives on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Big Sky Cinema, 560 N. Montana St. in Dillon, starting at 1 p.m. For more information on the film, go to www.sensitivesdoc.com.

Swim lessons start Mon.
Swim lessons for kids as young as 2 years old will start Monday at the Southwestern Montana Family YMCA in Dillon. Sessions will Mondays through Thursdays Dec. 4–14 for three age groups—2-year olds 5–5:30 p.m.; 3–5-year olds 5:30–6 p.m. and ages 6-and-up also 5:30–6 p.m. The cost is $32 for Y members, $52 for non-members. To sign up go by the Y at 75 Swenson Way in Dillon. To get more information, call 683-9622.